Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine would
like to invite students to Be Our Guest at the Midwest Podiatry
Conference. This interactive session will be held in Chicago,
IL at Hyatt Regency, Chicago on April 21, 2018.
All interested students are welcome to register and join us for this
special event from 9am-1pm.
Be Our Guest is an exciting look inside
the world of podiatric medicine. Attendees will be introduced to careers in
podiatric medicine by one of our DPM Network
Speakers, meet current students, and have a guided tour of the Exhibit
Hall. Additionally, there will be representatives from the colleges
of podiatric medicine on hand to answer questions about admissions, clinical
shadowing opportunities, scholarships and much more.
Student attendees will be eligible to win prizes during the
session! Prizes include, but are not limited to, a Google Home
Mini and an Amazon Echo Dot. The entire program is
completely free of charge and registration is now open.
planning committee for this special event would like to extend an offer to
NAAHP Advisors who are new to their Pre-Health Advising role (less than two
years) of a special travel stipend of up to $300 to cover their travel
expenses to join us in Chicago to learn about careers in podiatric medicine.
Priority will be given to advisors from the Midwest for these travel grants
and quantity is limited. Please email Mandy Nau
at the AACPM (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more
information and to inquire about eligibility.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine
A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) is a specialist in the prevention,
diagnosis, and treatment of lower extremity disorders, diseases and injuries.
DPMs can specialize in a variety of areas such as surgery, orthopedics, or
public health. Besides these certified specialties, podiatrists may practice
a subspecialty such as sports medicine, pediatrics, dermatology, radiology,
geriatrics, or diabetic foot care.
The DPM is a vital member of the health-care team. He or she is often the
first to detect symptoms of diabetes or peripheral vascular disease because
of the human foot’s interrelation with the rest of the body.
MCAT Prep is making a special April MCAT Scholarship offer.
Prep is excited to announce that your school, and thus you Pre Med Students, has
been chosen to receive our current April MCAT Scholarship Offer.
Please find details attached to forward or to print off and have
in your office.
To summarize, for the month of April, Examkrackers
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2018-2019 AACOMAS application cycle will open for
submissions on May 3, 2018. Please find important information about the
upcoming cycle below, including key AACOMAS dates, updates for the 2018-19
cycle, advisor resources, and tips for applying.
2018-2019 AACOMAS application cycle opens for
Decisions for the 2017-2018 AACOMAS application cycle
begin to become available in the Universal
Advisor Portal (UAP). Please note that this data is contingent upon
the colleges entering and updating this information in the AACOMAS
Schools begin receiving and processing 2018-2019 cycle applications.
Sept 3, 2018 – Oct
Dec 13, 2018 – Feb
Mar 14, 2019 – Apr
More information about Academic
Update is included below.
AACOMAS Fee Waiver Funding AACOM
is proud to announce that, for the first time, fee waivers were awarded to
all eligible financially disadvantaged students who applied to the AACOMAS Fee
Assistance Program in the 2017-2018 cycle.
Historically, AACOM waived the application fee for approximately 800 students
and exhausted funds in July of each application cycle. This left nearly 700
eligible fee waiver applicants without waivers each year. Due to an increase
in funding for the 2017-2018 cycle, AACOM doubled the reach of the fee waiver
program and awarded nearly 1,700 financially disadvantaged applicants with
fee waivers. AACOM will continue to review this fund to ensure we can assist
as many future physicians as possible and diversify the pipeline.
AACOMAS maintains a dedicated advisor customer support line and email address.
For system and usage question about the Universal Advisor Portal
contact our support team at email@example.com
or (857) 304-2020, Mon-Fri, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM ET.
Letters by Liaison
Customer Service For assistance uploading letters of
recommendation to AACOMAS, email help@UniCAS.com. Please include your full name, the
applicant’s name and ten-digit CAS ID #, and the file you’re attempting
Questions about the AACOMAS application or the Evaluator Portal
(letters/references) should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
or (617) 612-2889 Mon-Fri, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET.
Resources The 2018-2019 Osteopathic Medical College
Information Book (CIB) is now available for free online at www.aacom.org/cib.
The College Information Book contains an overview of the profession,
lists key data about each of the 34 accredited U.S. colleges of
osteopathic medicine, and is an essential resource for students applying
in the upcoming AACOMAS cycle. Official NAAHP members will be mailed a
complimentary copy of the College Information Book in June. Additional
print copies for advisors and students will be for sale in our online
Beginning May 15, 2018, student admissions decisions for the 2017-2018
AACOMAS cycle will be available in the Universal
Advisor Portal. Please note that this data is contingent upon
participating AACOMAS programs entering and updating this information in
the AACOMAS platform. Use this portal to create and run reports on
decisions, MCAT scores, GPA information, and more. This portal contains
applicant data from the 2015-2016 AACOMAS cycles and later. Returning
users can log in now.
New advisors should request
Portal (UAP) Help Center The Universal Advisor Portal Help Center contains
resources to assist you with using UAP. Learn how to get started with
your new account, navigate the portal, search for applicants, run reports,
and contact our customer service team. You can also review important
dates and features for each CAS’s UAP site using the UAP Dates by CAS page.
Create your own AACOMAS test account to explore the application from an
applicant’s perspective. Open the AACOMAS application at https://aacomas.liaisoncas.com
and select “Create an Account.” Shortly after you enter your new account
information, you will be asked about your enrollment plans where you can
indicate that you do not intend to enroll in a participating AACOMAS
program. This will let AACOMAS know that your account is to explore the
application rather than to apply in an upcoming cycle.
& Feedback We encourage the advising community to provide
recommendations to AACOM throughout the application cycle. Submit ideas
about the Universal Advisor Portal, AACOMAS application, Evaluator
Portal, and application instructions through the AACOMAS Ideas Portal - For Advisors at any time. We
will forward all submissions to the AACOMAS Advisory Committee for
consideration in the 2019-2020 application cycle.
Submitted recommendations and ideas are reviewed each fall.
for the 2018-2019 AACOMAS Cycle
Letters by Liaison
– the New Liaison Evaluator Portal Individuals uploading letters into AACOMAS will
see a newly-updated, streamlined version of the AACOMAS Evaluator
Portal. This redesign includes an updated user dashboard and creates a
more intuitive experience for evaluators. It’s now easier to create
accounts, review requests, and upload documents.
Center The online AACOMAS Instructions and FAQs has
also been redesigned to provide a more intuitive and user-friendly experience
for applicants. The new AACOMAS Applicant Help Center will contain a
quick start guide and easy-to-navigate online interface. The Help Center
contents will now be fully searchable to ensure applicants can
efficiently find the information they need to apply successfully. The
new AACOMAS Applicant Help Center will launch on May 3 with the
2018-2019 AACOMAS cycle.
Apply Early (but
While AACOMAS opens for submissions on May 3, applications are not
released to colleges for review until June 15. Encourage students to
apply early (by August 1) to increase their
chances of obtaining an interview at a college of osteopathic medicine.
Students should also be encouraged to take their time in carefully
completing their application.
AACOMAS fee waivers are available at the start of each cycle. Once
approved for a fee waiver, applicants must submit their AACOMAS
application within 14 days (including holidays and weekends). For these
reasons, encourage applicants to carefully review all fee waiver
instructions and adjust their application timeline accordingly.
Official MCAT Scores
Failure to release official MCAT scores to AACOMAS may delay a college
from reviewing an applicant’s file. Direct students to follow the
following two-step process below to ensure their official MCAT scores
are submitted correctly:
accurately self-report their name, date of birth, and AAMC ID
(distributed upon registering for the MCAT exam) into the AACOMAS
application. The information entered into AACOMAS must match exactly
what is on the MCAT.
Academic Update Periods are windows throughout the application cycle
when applicants enter and submit
newly completed or planned courses to AACOMAS after their application
has been submitted and verified. Failing to submit updated coursework
within these three periods may delay a college’s review of the applicant’s
file. Encourage applicants to submit updates and final transcripts to
AACOMAS during the designated Academic Update Periods outlined at the
top of this communication.
appreciates your continued support of pre-health students across the country.
Stephanie D. Wurth, MA
Director of Application Services, Recruitment & Student
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine 7700 Old Georgetown Rd., Suite 250 | Chevy Chase, MD 20814
The treatment and follow-up to a diagnosis of cancer can be extremely
costly to the patient and the patient’s family.Patients could use financial navigators and
the ACCC has established guidelines for individuals interested in this kind
of work.For more information, please
go to the following article:
AACOM launched a new collaborative initiative with our 17 ED to MED national partner
organizations to protect the Grad PLUS Loan Program.
October, ED to MED advocates have been
speaking up to urge Congress to preserve the Public Service Loan
Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. PSLF was slated for elimination for new
borrowers in the PROSPER Act, Republican legislation passed by
the House Education and the Workforce Committee in December to reauthorize
the Higher Education Act (HEA).
PLUS loans are also under threat. If enacted, PROSPER would cap
the dollar amount medical and other health professions students can
borrow through federal loans. Under this legislation, the average
osteopathic medical student could no longer rely on Grad PLUS loans to
cover the full cost of attendance, in which he or she would face a
nearly $93,000 funding gap over a four-year period. This would
force our future health care workforce to borrow from the private loan
market, which does not offer the same advantages as federal Grad PLUS
loans, and it could disincentive individuals otherwise interested in
health care from pursuing careers in the field. With the U.S. facing a
heath care workforce shortage, we cannot afford to jeopardize this
us in our effort to #SaveGradPLUS! Visit our
new campaign web page today
and share your story about why Grad PLUS is critical to you, and how
patients across the nation could be impacted if this program is reduced
and replaced. Use your voice during our ED to MED Town Hall on
April 19 to speak up in support of this vital program.
Senior Vice President of Government Relations
Signs FY18 Omnibus into Law
March 23, President Trump signed into law
H.R. 1625, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, the final
fiscal year (FY) 2018 omnibus spending package. The $1.3 trillion
measure includes an increase in funding attributed to the two-year
budget agreement signed into law
in February. The package also increased spending caps previously
imposed by Congress, providing $131 billion in non-defense
discretionary programs. Learn more about
its impact on osteopathic medical education (OME).
Joins Letters to Congress in Support of AHRQ
joined 141 national organizations in letters to House and Senate
Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related
Agencies Subcommittee leadership requesting $454 million for FY19 for
the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). This agency
produces evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more
accessible, equitable, and affordable and works with its partners to
ensure the evidence is communicated and understood.
HELP Committee Releases Bipartisan Opioid Legislation
Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee recently
released a draft of broad bipartisan legislation, TheOpioid
Crisis Response Act of 2018, which aims to decrease the nation’s
opioid crisis by promoting new pain medication development, aiding
states in patient treatment, and strengthening the health care
workforce to increase access to mental health services and substance
use disorder treatment in underserved areas. The legislation also
focuses on public health measures and overlaps with President Trump’s initiative to
fight opioid abuse. The draft release follows a series of HELP
Committee hearings on the opioid crisis with testimonies and
recommendations gathered from stakeholders such as state governors,
subject matter experts, and families of addicted patients and victims.
The Senate HELP Committee will hold a hearing on April
11 to discuss this legislation. AACOM is reviewing this legislation and
will provide updates.
AACOM’s ED to MED
Campaign Launches #SaveGradPLUS Initiative
the past few months, ED to MED advocates have mobilized in support of
the PSLF Program by sharing personal stories through the ED to MED blog, sending #SavePSLFpostcards to
elected officials, urging House
Members to join the PSLF Caucus, and voicing strong
support during HEA reauthorization hearings. However, PSLF isn’t the
only program under threat. Grad PLUS loans are also at risk, and we
need your help now to protect them. Visit our new #SaveGradPLUS
web page to learn how to get involved!
Hosts WGR Legislative Forum
April 9, AACOM's Office of Government Relations hosted the second
annual Women in Government Relations Education Legislative Forum, which
addressed the education issues yet to be dealt with in the 115th
Congress from both the policy and funding perspectives. Joined by
education committee staff from both chambers and parties, as well as
education appropriations staff, attendees learned about the priorities
of the education authorizers and appropriators as well as other hot
topics in education. Learn more.
OHPI Shares Advice for Making Advocacy a Lifelong Commitment
fourth-year student at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health
Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine and AACOM’s recent Osteopathic
Health Policy Intern, got involved in advocacy at a young age. Learn
about how he remained engaged in policy and politics throughout medical
school in his video interview.
and Federal Agencies
Students—Apply Now for the 2018 NHSC Scholarship Program
The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship
Program (SP) is now accepting applications for the 2018 – 2019 school year. The NHSC SP awards funds to students pursuing
health professions training in NHSC-eligible disciplines in exchange
for a commitment to practice in high-need, underserved communities.
Applications are due May 10 at 7:30 PM ET. The NHSC will host technical
assistance (TA) opportunities on April 12 and April 26. AACOM continues
to advocate vigorously to support the
sustainability of NHSC programs, which recruit and retain physicians in
locations where shortages are most severe. Learn more.
2018 Health Careers Opportunity Program Now Open
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is now accepting
applications for its FY18 Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) or
“National HCOP Academies,” which support pipeline programs to increase
opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to enter a
health profession. Accredited health professions schools and public and
private non-profit health or educational entities must apply by May 29.
HRSA will host TA opportunities on April 17 and May 1. Learn more.
Jackson Nominated as VA Secretary
Trump announced on
March 28 his intent to nominate Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson to lead the
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), following the departure of
Secretary David Shulkin. With a background in
emergency medicine, Rear Admiral Jackson currently serves as President
Trump’s physician, a role he also held for President Barack Obama and
President George W. Bush. While Rear Admiral Jackson awaits Senate
confirmation, Robert Wilkie will move from
his role as Undersecretary for Personnel and Readiness at the
Department of Defense (DoD) to serve as Acting VA Secretary. AACOM will
continue to provide updates on important leadership changes at the VA
and remain engaged to ensure OME priorities are considered throughout
Giroir Appointed to Advance HHS’ Opioid
March 29, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)
Secretary Alex Azar announced the appointment of Brett Giroir, MD, to lead the initiative to combat the
opioid crisis, one of the four priorities of the Department’s
transformation agenda. In addition to his current role as Assistant
Secretary for Health, Dr. Giroir will now
serve as Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Mental Health and Opioid
Policy. Dr. Giroir is a four-star admiral in the
U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps with previous experience
leading projects at the DoD and VA. Learn more.
Launches the HEAL Initiative to Support Opioid Research
the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit, National Institutes of
Health Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD, announced the
Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) Initiative, which invests
approximately $1.1 billion in FY18 to strengthen opioid misuse/addition
and pain-related research. HEAL will work to prevent addiction through
enhanced pain management and improve treatments for opioid misuse
disorder by implementing studies and supporting best practices and
Federal Resources and COM Engagement
Continuing Education Opportunity on Opioids:
Pathways to Safer Opioid Use, created by the HHS Office of Disease
Prevention and Health Promotion, is an interactive training that
promotes the appropriate, safe, and effective use of opioids to manage
chronic pain. The Pathways program is based on the opioid-related
recommendations in the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event
Prevention. Participants who take the one-hour training can receive
free continuing medical education credit. Learn more.
Webinar on Provider Wellness Within Health Workforce Training Programs:
Registration is now open for the HRSA webinar “Provider Well-Being:
Moving from Triple to Quadruple Aim in Clinical Training” on April 24,
2018 at 1:30 – 3:00 PM ET. This is part of the Workforce Grand Rounds
Webinar Series and will provide resources and successful implementation
examples of provider wellness programs within health workforce training
programs. Learn more.
AACOM's Annual Conference, Educating Leaders 2018, will be held from
April 18 – 21 in Washington,
Please note: Amy
Walter, National Editor of the Cook Political Report &
Former Political Director of ABC News, will be delivering the keynote
address on Thursday, April 19 from 8:00 – 9:30 AM. Learn more.
7.Casa de Esperanza, located in Houston,
Texas, provides residential care to children birth through six who are in
crisis due to abuse, neglect, or the effects of HIV.(I asked my fellow prehealth
advisors about this program, and it is highly
am with Casa de Esperanza, a non-profit in Houston, Texas. Casa de
Esperanza, located in Houston, Texas, provides residential care to children
birth through six who are in crisis due to abuse, neglect, or the effects of
HIV. Care is provided in our neighborhood by our Hands of Hope
interns. Information about our internship may be found here:
am writing with the hope that you may be able to share information about this
internship with interested students in the Pre-Professional Health
Program. Our internship especially appeals to students who wish to
complete a service internship before attending medical or graduate school.
you and please let me know if you should need more information.
Stephanie Diehl, Casa de
Esperanza de losNiños,
PO Box 66581
Houston, TX 77266-6581
Main Office: 713.529.0639
wanted to flag the last event of NHMA's College Health Scholars Program this
year. This free conference will be on Saturday,
April 28, 2018, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm being held at the Charles
R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.
free conference is open to all college
students. Students will be able to hear from various health/medical
professionals and students about their journey to their career, academic
advice/preparation to apply to a graduate/professional school, advice on how
to finance school, and professional development.
Program will focus on five main fields: medicine, dentistry, nursing, public
health, and graduate science.
will also be a Recruitment Fair open to students from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.
New AAMC Research Shows Increasing Physician Shortages in
Both Primary and Specialty Care
According to new data published by the AAMC, the United States
could see a shortage of up to 120,000 physicians by 2030, impacting
access to patient care across the nation. The report, The Complexities
of Physician Supply and Demand: Projections from 2016-2030, updates
and aligns with estimates conducted in prior projections, reinforcing the
threat of a significant doctor shortage. Read More
Community Engagement Toolkit Explores Criminal Justice,
Health, and Academic Medicine
A new AAMC toolkit, Social Justice Behind and Beyond the
Bars: Criminal Justice Health and Academic Medicine, explores the unique
needs and inequities faced by the currently and formerly incarcerated and
their families, and includes resources, discussion questions, and a
series of videos that examine how incarceration can affect one's health
and well-being. Read More
Webinar Explores Genomic Research and the Million Veteran
The AAMC will host a webinar on April 18 to discuss
ongoing research from the Million Veteran Program (MVP), launched in 2011
by the Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Research and Development to study
how genes affect health and use the findings to improve care for
veterans. Sponsored by the AAMC's Research on Care Community (ROCC), the
webinar will examine findings from the first reported studies, present
future program goals, and highlight potential opportunities for using MVP
data to advance clinical care. Read More
IPEC Announces Award Winners Recognized for Exemplary Interprofessional, Team-Based Practice
The U.S. Public Health Service and the Interprofessional
Education Collaborative (IPEC) have announced East Tennessee State University
as the recipient of the 2018 Public Health Excellence in Interprofessional Education Collaboration Award. The
award is presented to a team of health-professional school based
collaborators for their innovative approach to community and public health
practice. Read More
On the Move
Gordon Tomaselli, MD, has been named
dean of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, effective July 1. Tomaselli currently serves as chief of the division
of cardiology and co-director of the Heart and Vascular Institute at
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Read More
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